Faraday Starter Packs have been shipped around the United States and we have users helping develop the open-source software with us on GitHub. This is incredible. Obtaining hardware may not make sense for everyone however and we wanted to fix that.
If you love what FaradayRF is trying to do and want to experiment/develop without needing hardware then you need to try Proxy test mode!
The suggested Faraday checkout is a Starter Pack + antennas if you don’t already own any 33cm band ones or would rather not build your own. It’s a great value but not everyone is willing to jump into a project that is just starting.
Proxy Test Mode
Thanks to our open-source GitHub community (@jsr38) the Proxy application which interfaces Faraday hardware and software can now playback saved database files. Faraday hardware owners can log BASE64 data from hardware into a SQLite database for later playback. The database files can be shared online allowing anyone to run the software for Telemetry, APRS, and SimpleUI uses. If you love what FaradayRF is trying to do and want to experiment or develop without needing hardware then you need to try Proxy test mode!
Ensure you have cloned the latest master of Faraday-Software before starting. The Proxy application readme.md has a section dedicated to configuring test mode. Follow these instructions in addition to the normal Proxy configuration prior to running proxy or any other applications.
Applications such as Telemetry and APRS work just fine in test mode. If you run the example log file 2017-04-20-01.db as described in the configuration example then telemetry will be saved just as if the local radio was connected via USB and the RF station was being received by the local radio. This log file contains data for a local UART Faraday station (KB1LQC-2) and a remote Faraday station (KB1LQC-1) which were configured to show up near Downtown Los Angeles, CA.
Please only run APRS if you are a licensed radio amateur. The APRS application is configured for no RF digipeating but we cannot guarantee APRS-IS digipeater compliance.
Next week our blog will cover the SimpleUI application, a user interface. You can take a sneak peak at it if you check out the SimpleUI GitHub code. Configuring Proxy to run in test mode will let anyone view telemetry with SimpleUI when the Telemetry and SimpleUI applications are also run.
Purchasing a Faraday Starter Pack helps support our efforts and we’re passionate about improving ham radio. Thank you. If you agree with us we invite you to give Faraday a try with or without hardware. We don’t want you to have to buy a radio to enjoy the project and especially not to give us a hand developing it. Test mode makes the FaradayRF mission accessible to nearly everyone free of cost. Have fun!
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Author: Bryce Salmi
Licensed radio amateur KB1LQC and Co-Founder of FaradayRF. Professional Electrical Engineer designing and building avionics for rockets and spacecraft during the day and developing the future of digital amateur radio experimentation by night. All opinions are my own.